Yahoo joins Google’s effort to create encrypted email system by 2015

Yahoo joins Google’s effort to create encrypted email system by 2015

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed in a recent report that tech rivals Google and Yahoo have worked out a partnership for creating a secure encrypted email system by 2015.

According to the WSJ report, the two bigwig Internet companies have teamed up for a project which will make it almost impossible for hackers or government agencies - such as the US National Security Agency - to spy on the private and business correspondence of email users.

With Google having announced two months back that it was working on spy-proof email messages, Yahoo has recently disclosed at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that it is joining Google in its mentioned efforts.

As per the report, Google and Yahoo have - keeping their bitter rivalry aside - asked their executives and engineers to communicate with one another and hold regular meetings on the project involving the creation of an encrypted email system.

About the project, Yahoo has revealed that the potential new secure email system will only encrypt the content of a message. It will neither encrypt the name of the sender nor the date of the email or the subject line.

Noting that the encrypted email system is "a huge deal" for Internet users, Electronic Frontier Foundation's staff technologist Jeremy Gillula said: "Before, it was an easy job for NSA to gather up tons and tons of email."

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